Finishing Up on Swim Wear

3-10-16  I do swim every day I can, which is more than five days a week usually.  Having a good swimsuit, that I can put on easily, and looks okay and makes me feel adequate and normal is terribly important.  I am using the Swim and Sweat Krinkle Cloth Chlorine Resitant now.  However, there are many styles at Swimsuits For All, and there are great coupons out there.  Here is a link to coupons for Swimsuits for All.   What I saw was an 80 percent off coupon, which if it works, I am using even if I do not need to order a new suit!  Just because I wear one almost every day.

There is also for some an opportunity to SEW a swimsuit for yourself, having control of both style, sizing, coverage and material.  Whenever I think about sewing I think of this wonderful blogger I follow who writes about learning to sew.  (I will soon figure out how to list the blogs I follow, but this article is special.) Sewing is not something I do much now, but with a little more blog coaching from “Jodi”  in her website “SewFearless”, maybe I will! Blogger Jodi recommended this article by yet another “sewist” on making swimsuits-The Wonderful World of Curvy Swimwear.    The  Curvy Sewing Collective blog is a goldmine for those who find it easy to sew.  For many reasons, I thought I would follow Jodi’s purse sewing instructions someday, or maybe make something for my grand-kids.  Heck the main reason I think about purses, is that sewing for my own body feels too disheartening and risky.  Looking up her blog and the Curvy Collective of Swimwear,  I ran into this  intimate and wonderful post about sewing for her postpartum body a new sweater and not let feelings about size limit her.  It was all about deserving to love and take care of the body we have, without apology or regret.  I found it a very challenging and an inspirational message.  It is exactly the kind of thing I very much want to share with you both for practical help and emotional support in clothing projects.  The article was called “Love Yourself” Linden and contains a link for a very simple but elegant sweater pattern which is not made up in just the classic sweatshirt material but others, such as a quilted jersey that Jodi featured. It seems that much of Jodi’s patterns are bought online, and her material also. I think large men, especially, may be surprised at how quickly they can obtain good fit with a little sewing knowledge, or produce things like shorts or scrub pants, very inexpensively.  A maker talent that expresses itself in woodcraft and other projects, can make a handy fellow a very nice inexpensive cloth item.  Have a good day, and do one thing that makes you feel good about your clothing just because it is Thursday!– HONORAH

Quilted Jersey Linden by Sew Fearless
Sewfearless blog about Sewing and making clothes you want to wear!

 

 

Men’s Swimsuits

2-17-16 Swimsuits have changed, in my mind, for the better. You do not know how relieved I am that men no longer wear Speedos, except one really old dude at the Fitness center who thinks he has a hot body circa 1980. YIKES. The young guys all wear real long swimsuits, almost to their knees. Most exercise in the gym in their swimsuits, also. At the same time, women and men are realizing it is more comfortable to be modest rather than naked. Women have noticed that the lady the guys watch at the swimming pool is a shapely Muslim woman who wears a hooded suit that covers her from wrist to ankle. If she can wear that and turn heads, no one needs to be naked to feel okay.

I am sure these men swimsuits are easily available at the local box stores and discount houses, but what if you are a bit larger than XL?  Well if you have Amazon Prime shipping, there are decent selections of all kinds of men’s swimsuits, size 4x and 5x for about 25 dollars, on Amazon. Most the heavy men wear the Kanu Surf type style, that look like surfboarding type shorts.

Kanu Surf style suit -5x Big
A SolarTex Jammer in 7X

 

Some of the better and “cooler” men swimmers are wearing a tighter, form fitting almost wetsuit tight swim suit usually referred to as a jammer, which do not look so bad on bigger people though are less available. The above is from a non-Amazon website called SolarTex .  They also have swim shirts and things for easily sunburned swimmers. One shorter pool swimmer had his shorts so tight, he kind of bulged his stomach over it. Too tight clothing is never attractive, and it most certainly doesn’t conceal a bulgy abdomen. This man needed at least two sizes larger.   I wonder if he accidentally ordered Asian clothing on the internet.  An Asian XXL would be an L (large) in the USA, a Asian L would be a S(small) in the USA. Amazon Prime carries products from distant locations.   Be careful and check for Asian sizing. Men and women wear “jammers” and I was surprised that the links are for both, unisex, especially in the plus sizes.

I have noticed a group of women at the track wearing mens swimsuits to work out in. One woman, when questioned said she buys swim tops on sale at the end of the summer. She buys mens swimsuits because they are less expensive than the bottom half of a woman’s suit. She buys a lot of them on sale and “stocks up” and works out in them on the track and fitness machines in a T-shirt,. Then in a moment, she can shower and swim. Her suit would be a very short swimsuit on a guy, but was much more modest than most women swimsuit bottoms. Creativity is needed by everyone to survive the swimsuit game, whether you have a standard body or one that is unique.  Men, for instance, may find shorts that work better as swimwear than actual suits.

There is an inseam length given in catalog sales of shorts and swimsuits. The old short short style men swimsuits were about six or eight. Women can have very short boxer short inseams, even 3 and 4 inch. Men should look for long inseams if they are tall and want shorts to their knees. At least ten inches, hopefully 12 or 14. You can measure this in actual inches, so just don’t assume.  Measure your leg and your favorite pair of shorts or boxer inseam.

With Amazon Prime, and the internet on your side, you have what you need. Figure out what you want, and go find it. Just do not be afraid to get some real honest measurements, with a tape measure, before you order. Most swimwear ordering has a suggestion for measurement. If you happen to have any measurements that are larger than standard 48 inch tape measures, there are inexpensive 60 inch tape measures at fabric stores. Have someone help you with a variety of measurements. For men you should know your neck and sleeve for shirts, waist and inseam for shorts and pants, and sleeve length.  Sometimes a good men’s clothing shop will help you measure, say if you are fitting up for a wedding. Write your numbers down on a wallet card, or on your  phone note.  Update them when your body changes. This will help you with online shopping. An effort at accurate measurement WILL save you cash wasted on badly fitted clothing.

 

Hane’s President Day Sale

So there were great plans to cover more swimsuits and sportswear while the only exercise escape I have is the gym. Today was supposed to be men’s bathing suits, however on the way to researching this, I realized HANES.COM has a great sale for Valentine’s/President’s day. Hanes.com has free shipping most of the time if you get together sixty dollars of clothing but that usually requires ordering more than underpants. You can buy yourself a BEEFY T SHIRT !! Stores hardly ever carry that kind of size, and this is the thick quality usually costs 15.

Beefy TALL Tshirt up to Size 4x for 7$

Tagless Tshirt up to 6x for 5 bucks

You can stock up on the plain polo shirts that many find useful as a work shirt. I like ordering these sturdy shirts in no bee colors for heavy garden work and outdoor type vacations. (I look good in pink but dislike looking luscious to the local pollinators.) There are woman sizes to 3x and men’s to 6x and kid shirts for 4 bucks.

women polo shirts for 6$

men’s polo shirts under 6$

kid’s polo for 4$ for UNIFORMS

I am delighted with the outlet mall, deep discount prices on Hanes.com. I am more delighted with their tremendously helpful operators when an error requires a return. They have fantastic service. Of course it is so much easier to buy something boring or embarrassing like giant size underwear online. Instead of searching all over a large store like a Walmart for your underwear size, only to realize they are not stocked and you had to go to that OTHER store, you can simply plug in your size on the Hane’s website. Then when you select your size, they find you a couple more choices that even work better.

There are socks for large feet both for men and women, and nylons. And various undergarments. I did find a need to be fairly precise about the term for the kinds of clothing-panties, or boxers rather than underpants, underwear or knickers. KEEP TRYING on that search engine.

Here is a link for large men six pack of Champion brand socks for 17$

It is hard to get to sixty dollars for free shipping with these low prices. Remember normal size people can buy Hanes clothing also! You have friends and family to share an order with.

Swimsuits because it is February

2-13-16 It is freezing out there, so of course swimsuits are coming into the stores. Is this because people are trying to go South and buy bathing suits?  The cheapest place I ever bought a bathing suit in a giant size was in a beautiful upscale Osprey, Florida Walmart.   The Walmarts in Michigan do not have the same extensive selection in sizing.  However, there is also Walmart.com to consider.  (hint: Future article link someday!) Fifteen bucks, name brand but not made as well as in better store, which is like other Walmart name brand clothing.  Suitable, however, and certainly budget friendly.  After much use, that suit is in the back of the drawer six years later. Has a horrible back fastener thingy that requires contortion to put on but made me look good.  It is too small at present.  God willing I will use it as the pool closes next Labor Day.  Besides WalMart, Target is most often the choice for swimsuits for larger women, but Target tends to end at size XL.

The go to large woman’s swimsuit website is Swimsuitsforall.com and there are coupons at www.retailmenot.com/view/swimsuitsforall.com.  They have all kinds of swimsuits.  I saw a Macrame Bikini IN MY SIZE that could cause me to get arrested for public profanity or something.  Sports Illustrated models use the site, you get the idea.  However they also have a modest Tankini (above) with a longer skirted pant bottom chosen that you can wear when you  swim with your grandkids and need to give them lunch before you get your clothing back on. There are nice suits for all types of tall, slim, small, round or less than average bodies and they carry a generous size 34.  No shame!  You can buy online.  If that is too difficult they have very nice phone operators who can help you out, especially figuring out your size. You need a credit card and a tape measure.  A tape measure is important for online ordering and worth having in a drawer.  If you don’t have one, take your measurements with a nonstretch cord or rope.  Then measure that cord with a ruler or a steel measuring tape.